The Age of Reason

The Age of Reason, United Artists promotional photo

The Age of Reason Ascot 45 (Your Love Is Like a) MagnetThe Age of Reason were five teenagers from the northern half of the Bronx: Kenny Dale on guitar, Sid Sheres lead guitar, Andy Adams bass, Alan Turner on vocals and Larry Russell, drums.

Larry Russell recalled:

Our original name was The Loose Ends but, when we recorded “Magnet” on 9/8/66, our manager decided to change our name (that night) because there had been another band with the same name that had a record deal before us. On that day we recorded four songs, the other two besides the single were “(It’s a) Dirty Shame”, which was going to be our follow-up single, and “Pride”, written by our producer and which, in our opinion, sucked.

TV host Clay Cole died on Dec. 18, 2010. He was a pal and great guy who presented my band in 1967.

United Artists released “(Your Love is Like a) Magnet” on its Ascot subsidiary in March of ’67. The song was written by the lead singer Alan Turner, who also penned a fine b-side, “I’m a Free Man” that surprisingly has never been comped or featured before. The 45 made local charts and gave the band the opportunity to appear on afternoon TV shows and open for bigger acts like the Box Tops and the Young Rascals.

The Age of Reason live at Palisades Park, Spring of '67
Live at Palisades Park, Spring of ’67

“Dirty Shame” would have been a great follow-up, but UA wasn’t interested and it remained unreleased for over thirty years after the group broke up in 1968.

The Age of Reason – Dirty Shame

Thanks to Larry Russell for the photos and ad clipping.

The Age of Reason with Zacherley for the Disc-o-Teen Show, April 1967
with Zacherley for the Disc-o-Teen Show, April 1967
Hal Jackson and Clay Cole emcee the Age of Reason and other acts at Palisades Park
Hal Jackson and Clay Cole emcee the Age of Reason and other acts at Palisades Park
The Age of Reason at Rococo
The Age of Reason at Rococo
The Age of Reason at Rococo
The Age of Reason at Rococo

9 thoughts on “The Age of Reason”

  1. I think the age of reason sounds like a great band and I would love to see them do some kind of reunion show! Make it happen!!!

    1. The Age of Reason is reuniting on July 19th at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village New York City at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale at TicketWeb. Don’t miss this!

  2. In 1979-1980 I played drums for some casual jam sessions in Boulder, Colorado, with Sid Sheres on guitar. I was just thinking about my Boulder days and decided to search for info on the gang today. Thanks for this posting.

  3. I remember seeing your band at Palisades Amusement Park. I remember thinking it was a “groovy, psychedelic experience. ” I was 11 at the time and was already into lots of music. Started my own personal journey as a musician when I began teaching myself guitar at age 18.

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